Monday, July 19, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 07-19-10

NY Post op-ed completely inverts Obama's remarks about oil spill crisis
In a New York Post op-ed, James Jay Carafano claimed that President Obama's message in a July 16 press conference about the Gulf oil spill was that "the crisis is over; let the vacation begin!" In fact, Obama said the opposite. Read More

Fox News overlooked voter-intimidation allegations against Minutemen
In contrast to Fox News' repeated hyping of voter-intimidation charges against members of the New Black Panther Party during the 2008 election, a search of the Nexis database indicates that Fox News' top shows did not report on similar allegations that members of the Minutemen harassed Hispanic voters at an Arizona polling center in 2006. Read More

Rove falsely claims Biden's stimulus numbers "don't match up"
Karl Rove falsely claimed that Vice President Biden's "own numbers don't match up" since Biden said the Recovery Act has saved 3 million jobs, while lists less than 700,000. In fact, those figures reflect only a portion of the Recovery Act spending, and more detailed economic analyses conducted by the Obama administration, private analysts, and the nonpartisan CBO conclude that the stimulus has raised employment by between 1.4 and 3.6 million. Read More

Media reported New Black Panthers "controversy," not conservative's statement that it's a right-wing effort to "topple" administration
After reporting on the right-wing accusation that racial bias motivated the Justice Department to drop charges against members of the New Black Panther Party, major print outlets have not reported that the Republican vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has stated that conservatives on the panel are using the issue to try to "topple the [Obama] administration." Read More

Disgraced Tea Partier Mark Williams a frequent CNN guest: 10 appearances since August
CNN has frequently hosted Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams despite his history of incendiary and racially charged rhetoric, which most recently resulted in his expulsion from the National Tea Party Federation. CNN has hosted Williams as a guest 10 times since August 2009. Read More

Fox's tea party affiliate expelled from National Tea Party Federation
Fox News has relentlessly promoted the Tea Party Express, a tea party organization founded by a Republican consulting firm, and has denied the existence of racist elements among tea party supporters. On July 18, the National Tea Party Federation announced that the Tea Party Express had been expelled from the federation in the wake of racially incendiary comments by its spokesperson. Read More

UPDATED: Manufactured scandal: Right wing's phony allegations against the Justice Department
J. Christian Adams' accusations that President Obama's Justice Department engaged in racially charged "corruption" in the New Black Panther Party case do not stand up to the evidence. Adams is a right-wing activist tied to the Bush-era politicization of the Justice Department who has admitted he lacks first-hand knowledge of the events he is discussing, and his claims fall apart given the fact that the Obama DOJ obtained judgment against one defendant, while the Bush DOJ declined to pursue similar allegations in 2006. Read More

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